Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.

People We Trust

To identify the appropriate persons from whom a child can safely take medicine.

It is not enough for children in the early years to know the difference between medicines and harmful drugs. They must also be aware that there are persons from whom they should take a medicine and others from whom they should not. Children rely on adults to give them medicine when they are ill. Medicines should be given to the children by only a few known, trusted persons. Children should not receive medication from strangers, peers, or adults other than a parent (or caretaker), physician, or nurse, except with the written permission of a parent or guardian. Leaming this rule for taking medications will help children understand that they must not accept any kind of medicine offered by anyone but authorized adults.

Have students suggest a list of possible persons who might give them medicine (examples: mother, brother, doctor, caregiver, neighbor, stranger). Write these names on the chalkboard. Discuss, name by name, whether the person is one from whom the child should take a medicine. 

Discuss why some people would be inappropriate, cross out the names of persons from whom students should not take drugs. Tape the cut-out smiling faces, next to the names of people from whom they can take a medicine .

Smiling faces; chalkboard.

Teacher Tips
This activity will require you to prompt and guide students. The original list of people who might give things to children must include persons from whom they should not take drugs. You may have to explain why some of the people on the list are not good persons to ad-minister medication.

Caution students that there are some people-strangers in particular - from whom they should never accept any medicines, candy, or other consumable substances without their parents' or guardians' permission. This rule will help students understand that they must take medicine only from credible adults who are concerned about their well-being.

Learning to Live Drug-Free, A Curriculum Model for Prevention, U.S. Department of Education's Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program

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